Frederick C. Robie House, University of Chicago
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Photographer: Fuermann, Henry
Building date: 1909
Notes: The Frederick C. Robie House, "which Frank Lloyd Wright designed
in 1906 for a bicycle and motorcycle manufacturer, is one of the
world's most famous buildings. Magnificently poised, like a great
steamship at anchor, it is the distilled essence of Wright's Prairie
School style and the culmination of his search for a new architecture."
Source: Sinkevitch, AIA Guide to Chicago (1993): 433.
"The affinity of its striking horizontal lines to the flat landscape
of the Midwestern prairie came to be associated with an architectural
style popularly known as the 'Prairie School.' The building's low,
overhanging roof and the long wall around its base give a sense
of privacy to the occupants, while the roof's sweeping horizontality
makes the house seem longer and lower than it actually is. This
design, which was a marked contrast to traditional houses of the
period, signaled a turning point in modern residential architecture."
Address: 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Year Built: 1909
of Chicago Landmarks.
Credit Line: Transfer from the College of Architecture, Art &